Season Review: Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards

Edwards performed two consecutive back flips to close out the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Carl Edwards ended the 2010 season with back-to-back wins and it was reminiscent of 2008 when he won three of the last four races.

Although it wasn't a nine-win season and a second-place finish in the standings like two years ago, Edwards believes the No. 99 team is headed in the right direction going into the offseason.

"I feel like we are making really good progress," Edwards said. "We just have to hope that we can continue that. I still feel like we are on more of an up swing than we were in 2008."

Edwards struggled in 2009 following his best season in seven years of Sprint Cup racing, but was able to turn things around late this year when he ended a 70-race winless streak at Phoenix International Raceway. The win boosted him to his highest spot in the standings, in fourth, for the third time this season.

Edwards went on to finish fourth in the final standings, 229 points behind champion Jimmie Johnson, after a dominating victory to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We don't give up," said Edwards, who led a 4-5-6 charge in the points for Roush Fenway Racing. "My guys are unreal and we just had an unbelievable run towards the end of this season. I'm truly blessed. It's just a great way to end the season. I can't wait to go to Vegas. I can't wait to go home to Columbia, Missouri."

The Homestead-Miami victory marked the second time in his career that he was celebrating the win while Johnson was being crowned the champion at the same time. But it marked the first time Edwards was able to spend time in victory lane, following a Sprint Cup win, with his nine-month-old daughter, Anne.

To go along with his traditional back flip victory celebration, Edwards got the race fans even more energized this year by joining them in the stands after grabbing the checkered flag, a trend he started after winning the Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway.

"Fortunately they all seemed to be fans of mine, a lot of people," Edwards said about the fans following his Phoenix win. "But everybody's really excited. I had never really considered doing that until that gate was open at Texas, till the hole in the fence at Texas was right in front of me. 

"The wrestler, John Cena, he was at a Gillette commercial shoot with us. He did that. There were some fans there. They just couldn't believe he did it. That's kind of what sparked the idea."

Before the two Sprint Cup consecutive wins, the 2010 season really got started for Edwards in the summer months when he finished sixth at Daytona International Speedway for his first of six consecutive top 10s. Edwards' only finish outside the top 20 for the rest of the season came at Auto Club Speedway in the Chase after a mechanical failure relegated him to a 34th-place finish.

"If you would have told me, 10 races into the season that this is how we are were going to wrap this thing up, I would not have believed you," Edwards said. "This is beyond the comeback that I expected or it's really beyond what I hoped for."

The strong finish to the year left Edwards wishing the season would have never come to an end.

"It would be nice if we could line up tomorrow morning at Daytona but it will come soon enough," Edwards said after his win at Homestead-Miami. "I am going to enjoy the off season.

"We are back on track and I am really excited. It is fun to drive these race cars when they are like this."

Previous Reviews

12th-Place Finisher: Jeff Burton

11th-Place Finisher: Kurt Busch

10th-Place Finisher: Clint Bowyer

Ninth-Place Finisher: Jeff Gordon

Eighth-Place Finisher: Kyle Busch

Seventh-Place Finisher: Tony Stewart

Sixth-Place Finisher: Greg Biffle

Fifth-Place Finisher: Matt Kenseth 

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